Bridging the Gap: Implementing School-to-Work Transition in Austin, Texas, PRP 103
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This report on designing implementation plans and strategies to improve the transition from school to work in Austin results from a policy research project conducted in 1991-92 with financial support from a variety of Austin area sponsors, including the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Independent School District, the City of Austin, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, and the Austin Area Research Organization, Inc. (AARO), an organization composed of local chief executive officers (CEOs) and university presidents. Additional financial support was received from Jobs for the Future, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan.
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